Some of the Famous Athletes from Ghana.
If you're a native of Ghana and are aspiring to compete in sports professionally then these are people you should look up to. Ghana has seen some very talented athletes over the years, many of who have gone on to represent their country in the Olympics. These are some of the best Ghanaian sports personalities of all time.
Azumah Nelson (born 19 July 1958) is a Ghanaian former professional boxer who competed from 1979 to 2008. He was a two-weight world champion, having held the WBC featherweight title from 1984 to 1987 and the WBC super-featherweight title twice between 1988 and 1997. He also challenged once for the unified WBC and IBF lightweight titles in 1990. At regional level he held the ABU, and Commonwealth featherweight titles between 1980 and 1982. Widely considered one of the greatest African boxers of all time, he is currently ranked as the 31st greatest pound for pound boxer of all time by BoxRec. He's the Best Boxers of the 20th Century.
Samuel Osei Kuffour (born 3 September 1976) is a Ghanaian retired professional footballer who played as a defender. Known for his great physical power, he is best remembered for his time with Bayern Munich, whom he represented for over a decade, winning a total of 14 honours, and playing in nearly 250 official matches.Kuffour appeared with the Ghanaian national team in the 2006 World Cup, as well as in five Africa Cup of Nations.
Vida Anim (born 7 December 1983 in Accra, Greater Accra) is a Ghanaian sprinter who specializes in the 100 and 200 metres. Together with Mavis Akoto, Monica Twum and Vida Nsiah she holds the Ghanaian record in 4 x 100 metres relay with 43.19 seconds, achieved during the heats at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.Vida Anim represented Ghana at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing competing in the 100 metres sprint. In her first round heat she placed second behind Shelly-Ann Fraser in a time of 11.47 to advance to the second round. There she improved her time to 11.32 seconds, finishing third behind Debbie Ferguson and Oludamola Osayomi. In the semi finals she was unable to qualify for the final as her time of 11.51 was only the eighth and last time of her heat, causing elimination.
Michael Mensah (born July 5, 1981) is a Ghanaian football striker. Having played for Rakuunatie in Finland, Mensah joined Swedish side Trelleborgs FF in 2006. In January 2009, after three years at Trelleborgs FF, he moved to Syrianska FC. In December 2011, he joined Thanh Hóa F.C. in Vietnamese Super League under the name Andrew. Nationality: Sierra Leone,Ghana,The Gambia
Ibrahim Dossey (24 November 1972 in Accra 9 December 2008 in Bucharest) was a Ghanaian football goalkeeper. Dossey was born in Accra, Ghana. He played in Romania for Rapid București, FC Braşov, Pandurii Târgu Jiu, and Unirea Sânnicolau Mare. Dossey was brought to Romania by former Ghana and Accra Hearts of Oak coach Petre Gavrilă in 2000.
Fredua "Freddy" Koranteng Adu (born June 2, 1989) is an American soccer player who plays as an attacking midfielder. He last played for the Swedish Division 1 club Österlen FF.From before the time of his signing with D.C. United at the age of 14, Adu was spoken of as "the next Pelé". However, he failed to live up to the expectations and, after leaving D.C. United in 2006, he became a journeyman, playing for fifteen teams in nine countries: the United States, Portugal, Monaco, Greece, Turkey, Brazil, Serbia, Finland, and Sweden.At D.C. United, Adu broke several records. First, he became the youngest athlete ever to sign a professional contract in the United States, after he was selected by the team in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft on January 16, 2004. Three months later, on April 3, 2004, he became the youngest player to appear in a Major League Soccer (MLS) game when he came on as a substitute in a game against the San Jose Earthquakes, and on April 17, he became the youngest scorer in MLS history, scoring a goal in a 3–2 loss to the MetroStars.Making his full international debut for the United States national soccer team at the age of 16 in 2006, he has won 17 caps for his country and was a part of the US squads at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup as well as at the 2009 and 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cups. He also represented the United States Olympic team at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Kwame Ayew (born 28 December 1973) is a Ghanaian former professional footballer who played as a striker.During nearly 20 years he played professionally in six countries, mainly in Portugal where he appeared for four teams in the 90s, amassing Primeira Liga totals of 131 games and 51 goals over the course of six seasons.Ayew was a member of the Ghana national team that won the bronze medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, scoring six goals in as many games. In total, he won 25 senior caps.
Yaw Preko (born 8 September 1974 in Accra) is a former football striker from Ghana. He is currently the manager of Ghana U20.His career started in Power Lines, a small Ghanaian club, and his first European club was R.S.C. Anderlecht where he became Belgian champion three times. He played in Turkey from 1997-2004 before joining Halmstads BK in the Allsvenskan. He then left Halmstads BK in 2005 as the club did not renew his contract, he signed for Saudi Arabian team Al-Ettifaq and stayed with them for almost 2 years and then signed for HAGL in the Vietnamese V-League, which he left after one season. A free agent, Preko subsequently announced his interest in returning home to the Ghanaian league.
Nii Odartey Lamptey (born 10 December 1974) is a Ghanaian former professional footballer and current manager of Elmina Sharks as well as the proprietor of a school in Accra called Glow-Lamp International School. During his career he played as a striker from 1990 until 2008 notably for Aston Villa, PSV Eindhoven, Coventry City and the Ghana national football team.He is known foremost for his erratic career, in which he became a superstar as a teenager and then suffered a long string of failures which burnt him out well before his time. Lamptey has been used as a byword for a cautionary tale of putting too much pressure on young players to be successful.He also played for Anderlecht, Venezia, Club Atlético Boca Juniors, Unión Santa Fe, Ankaragücü, União Leiria, Greuther Fürth, Shandong Luneng, Al-Nassr, Asante Kotoko and Jomo Cosmos.
Gerald Asamoah (German pronunciation, born 3 October 1978) is a Ghanaian-born German former professional footballer who played as a forward. He was known for his pace and strength.Asamoah started his career with Hannover 96 where he played 79 games before moving to Schalke in 1999. He played over 275 league games for the club over 11 years with the team.On 1 June 2010, Asamoah signed a two-year contract with the then Bundesliga-promoted club FC St. Pauli. In June 2011 he terminated this contract. From 12 July 2011 on, Asamoah was at VfB Hüls, keeping himself fit. After six months without a club, Asamoah signed for SpVgg Greuther Fürth on 10 January 2012. Asamoah won the 2. Bundesliga title with Greuther Fürth and played in the Bundesliga in the 2012–13 season. On 15 July 2013, it was announced that Asamoah would return to Schalke 04 as a player for Schalke's second team.
Asamoah Gyan (born 22 November 1985) is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Legon Cities FC and is the former captain of the Ghanaian national team.Gyan began his career in 2003 with Ghanaian Premier League club Liberty Professionals scoring ten goals in sixteen matches then spent three seasons with Serie A club Udinese via two seasons loan at Modena netting on fifteen occasions in 53 league matches and at Udinese where he scored 11 times in 39 league matches. In 2008, Gyan joined Ligue 1 club Rennes, netting fourteen times in forty-eight league matches during two seasons. In 2010, Gyan joined Premier League club Sunderland, breaking the club's transfer record and netting on ten occasions in thirty-four Premier League matches during two seasons.In 2011, Gyan joined Al Ain of the UAE Pro-League on loan and became the league's top-goalscorer, scoring 24 times in 27 matches. In the following season, Gyan permanently joined Al Ain and once again became the league's top-goalscorer while he helped Al Ain retain the UAE Pro-League title, scoring an impressive 28 goals in 32 matches. In the 2013–14 season, Gyan scored on 44 occasions in 40 matches with Al Ain.Gyan is the all-time leading goalscorer of the Ghana national team, with 51 goals. He represented Ghana at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups. With 6 goals, he is the top African goalscorer in the history of the World Cup. Gyan has also represented Ghana at the 2004 Summer Olympics and in seven Africa Cup of Nations in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019, helping them finish in third-place in 2008 and runner-up in 2010 and 2015.
Mohammed Gargo (born 19 June 1975) is a Ghanaian former professional footballer who played as a defender.
Gargo joined Italian side Udinese in 1995. In January 2003 he was loaned to Venezia and in January 2004 sold to Serie B side Genoa along with Vittorio Micolucci, in exchange for Rodrigue Boisfer and Valon Behrami, all in a co-ownership deal, which few years later accused for inflated price in order to create paper profit. Udinese and Genoa were already fined in June 2008 by FIGC and criminal charges were continued.Gargo started after his retirement from the job as coach in February 2010 by New Edubiase United. He trained at the club of the PolyTank Division One League until summer 2010. On 6 August 2010, he was named as the new manager of PolyTank Division One League rival Real Tamale United. He coached the club RTU until November 2012 and resigned after the relegation from the Ghana Premier League. In September Namibian Premier League club Tura Magic F.C. signed a contract with Gargo as their head coach.
Alexander Nyarko (born 15 October 1973) is a Ghanaian former professional footballer who played as a midfielder. Nyarko was capped for Ghanaian Olympic team at 1992 Summer Olympics, and won a bronze medal. He also played for Ghana in 1998 and 2000 Africa Cup of Nations.
George Boateng (born 5 September 1975) is a Dutch former professional footballer who played as a defensive midfielder. Nyarko was capped for Ghanaian Olympic team at 1992 Summer Olympics, and won a bronze medal. He also played for Ghana in 1998 and 2000 Africa Cup of Nations.
Maxwell Konadu[needs Akan IPA] (born 4 December 1972) is a football coach and a retired Ghana international football player. He was the head coach of the Asante Kotoko, the manager of the Ghana national under-23 football team, and formerly the manager of Glo Premier League club Asante Kotoko. Konadu was a member of the Men's National Team that won the bronze medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. He also won gold as assistant coach of Ghana's Men's Olympic Team at the All-Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique in 2011.
Hans Adu Sarpei (born 28 June 1976) is a Ghanaian-German former professional footballer who played as a full back. He also was a long time regular for the Ghana national football team. Sarpei most recently played for his country at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
Alexander Banor Tettey (born 4 April 1986) is a Norwegian professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Championship club Norwich City. Tettey was born in Ghana, and moved to Norway when he was thirteen. He has previously played for Rosenborg and Rennes. From 2007 to 2015, he played for the Norwegian national team, earning 34 caps.
Marcel Desailly (born Odenke Abbey; 7 September 1968) is a French former professional footballer, widely considered to be among the greatest centre-backs and defensive midfielders to ever play. During a successful career at club level, lasting from 1986 to 2006, Desailly won several titles, including UEFA Champions League medals with both Marseille and A.C. Milan, and also played for Nantes and Chelsea, among other teams. At international level, he collected 116 caps between 1993 and 2004, scoring 3 goals, and was a member of the France international squads that won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000.
Anthony Mensah (born 31 October 1972 in Kumasi) was a Ghanaian football goalkeeper. Mensah used this name whilst playing for Asante Kotoko FC. He won the best defender Award as the goalkeeper for Asante Kotoko FC in the 1993/1994 football season. Mensah was a member of the Men's National Team that won the bronze medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. He is currently a football coach for a youth club in the United States in Cincinnati , Ohio. As well as a goalkeeper coach at Indian Hill High School. His real name is Anthony Osei Kwadwo.
John Paintsil (born June 15, 1981) is a Ghanaian former professional footballer who is an assistant manager at Kaizer Chiefs in the Premier Soccer League. He played club football for Berekum Arsenal, Liberty Professionals, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Hapoel Tel Aviv, West Ham United, Fulham, Leicester City, Santos and Maritzburg United as well as internationally for Ghana.His family name is Paintsil but at birth, it was registered as Pantsil. This then appeared on his passport and his registration with the Premier League.
Manuel "Junior" Agogo (1 August 1979 – 22 August 2019) was a Ghanaian professional footballer who played as a striker. He was born in Ghana but spent most of his childhood in the UK. He then moved back to Ghana during his years in secondary school. He began his youth career at Sheffield Wednesday in 1995, moving up to the senior squad in 1997. He played for fifteen different clubs over the next fifteen years, before retiring from professional football in 2012. He spent most of his playing career in England, with additional spells in the US, Egypt, Cyprus and Scotland. His longest spell was at Bristol Rovers (2003–2006), where he made 140 appearances before moving to Nottingham Forest.Agogo played for the Ghana national team between 2006 and 2009. His three goals in the final stages of the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations helped Ghana to a third-place finish, adding to the three club honours he earned during his career. Agogo scored a total of 143 goals during his professional football career. After retiring, he opened his own small group and personal fitness training business.
Isaac Asare (born 1 September 1974 in Kumasi, Ghana) is a football player from Ghana, who was a member of the Men's National Team that won the bronze medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. In 2006, Asare obtained Belgian nationality.Asare played 44 times for his country, in which he scored 12 times. He played for Ghana at the 1989 FIFA U-16 World Championship, 1991 FIFA U-17 World Championship and 1993 FIFA World Youth Championship.
Godwin Antwi Birago (born 7 June 1988) is a professional footballer who can play at either centre-back or as a central midfielder. Born in Ghana, he is a youth international for Spain.When he was 14 years old, he moved to Spain and lived there for three years. He initially played street soccer, before he entered the youth setup of Spanish club Real Zaragoza for 1 year. He eventually obtained a Spanish passport. At 17 years of age, he was spotted by Paco Herrera, then head scout of Liverpool.
Malik Buari (born 21 January 1984) is a former professional football midfielder and left-sided defender. He has represented England in international youth squads. Buari made a handful of appearances for England under-15s and under-16s.
Charles Kwabla Akonnor (born 12 March 1974 in Accra) is a former Ghanaian international footballer who is the current manager of the Ghana national team. He played as a versatile midfielder, mostly in Germany.Akonnor first came to Germany in 1992, along with friend and national teammate Samuel Kuffour. Having played for six years with Fortuna Köln (all in the second division), he switched in 1998 to VfL Wolfsburg.At Wolfsburg, Akonnor quickly developed as a resourceful player and one of the team's most important elements and, in 2001–02, was given team captaincy. However, at the start of the following season he was injured (a knee problem which required an operation in 2003), prompting a January 2004 move to SpVgg Unterhaching, in a second-level return.
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